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ZDF Enterprises takes on worldwide sales of Q Pootle 5

Pre-school series by Nick Butterworth already pre-sold to CBeebies

MIPCOM / Cannes 9th October 2012


ZDF Enterprises is to handle the worldwide distribution of the new pre-school series ‘Q Pootle 5’ (52 x 11’) from Snapper Productions.


Based on the books by multi-million selling author and illustrator Nick Butterworth, the series follows the friendly alien Q Pootle 5, and his friends as they tackle the every day problems of the final frontier on their home planet of Okidoki.


Nick Butterworth is co-founder of Snapper Productions and executive producer of the series, which is being made entirely in the UK, with animation by BAFTA award winning studio Blue Zoo.


The show has been pre-sold to CBeebies in the UK with other territories expected to be announced shortly. Kay Benbow, Controller CBeebies: “My sons enjoyed Nick Butterworth’s book Q Pootle 5 for many years, so personally I’m delighted to welcome Pootle, Oopsy and all the gang to CBeebies. We’ve been missing aliens on the channel, and you can’t get lovelier ones than these!”


Katharina Pietzsch, Project Manager Acquisitions and Coproductions / ZDFE.junior of ZDF Enterprises, said: “We are delighted to be partnering up with Snapper Productions on Q Pootle 5. It will be a wonderful addition to our Junior catalogue and we are sure broadcasters and clients worldwide will come to love the adventures of Pootle and his friends as much as we already do.”


Nick Butterworth adds: “We are delighted to be working with ZDF Enterprises. It’s great to see their enthusiasm for the series. Together with the support of CBeebies and animation by the very talented people at Blue Zoo these are exciting times for Q Pootle 5 and his friends!” 

A trailer of Q Pootle 5 can be viewed here:


About ZDF Enterprises 

Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German  language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

Contact ZDF Enterprises 

Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, tel.: +49 6131-9911130, fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,  


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany